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Collaborative science to foster native plant conservation and restoration

FS News Posted on: July 12, 2016
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service western Research Stations form a collaborative group, Western Center for Native Plant Conservation and Restoration Science, with a mission to address - and provide science-based solutions to - ongoing challenges in the conservation and restoration of western ecosystems.

Growing native plants with biochar

Projects Posted on: April 16, 2015
Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists and their partners are evaluating biochar as a seed coating and as an amendment to nursery substrates to improve germination and growth of native plants. The goal is to reduce costs associated with restoring ecosystems.

Penstemons are for Great Basin gardens

Publications Posted on: October 03, 2014
Penstemons are flowering perennials much loved by the gardening public. Gardeners appreciate their diversity of flower colors that are at peak bloom in June and July, their many shapes and sizes, and their attractiveness to hummingbirds and other native pollinators. You may even have planted some in your own garden. Most people don't realize there are about 280 species of penstemon, all native to North America.

Climate Change and Assisted Migration

Tools Posted on: August 05, 2014
The Climate Change and Assisted Migration search engine allows users to search more than 840 articles discussing assisted migration, climate change, and native plant transfer guidelines by author, title, subject, or keywords. Citations and abstracts are retrievable by author, title, and subject (species, geographic area, etc.). Each search produces a bibliography that matches user specifications.

Phytosanitation: A systematic approach to disease prevention

Publications Posted on: March 24, 2014
Phytosanitation is not a new concept but has received renewed attention due to the increasing threat of nursery spread Phytophthora ramorum (PRAM), the fungus-like pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death. This disease has the potental to become the most serious forest pest since white pine blister rust and chestnut blight. Phytosanitation can help prevent the spread of this and other pathogens to or from nursery operations.

Light emitting diodes (LED): applications in forest and native plant nurseries

Publications Posted on: July 29, 2013
It was quotes like this that made us want to learn more about light emitting diodes (LED). Other than knowing that LEDs were the latest innovation in artificial lighting, we knew that we had a lot to learn. So we started by reviewing some of the basics. The following review is a brief synopsis of how light affects plants and some discussion about LED lighting.

Fuel treatments alter native plant composition and increase non-native plant cover

Publications Posted on: April 18, 2013
Slash-pile burning and mechanical mastication are commonly prescribed fuel treatments for wildfire mitigation. Researchers from Flagstaff, AZ, and Spain recently published an article in Forest Ecology and Management that compared effects of the treatments on understory plant composition in Colorado pinyon-juniper woodlands (Owen and others 2009).

A collaborative program to provide native plant materials for the Great Basin

Publications Posted on: October 04, 2012
The Great Basin as defined on a floristic basis includes the hydrographic Great Basin plus the Owyhee Uplands and Snake River Plain of southern Idaho (Fig. 1). The region encompasses about 60 million ha, of which more than two-thirds are publicly owned. Vegetation ranges from salt desert and sagebrush shrublands in the basins to conifer forests in the more than 200 mountain ranges.

The target plant concept-a history and brief overview

Publications Posted on: February 24, 2012
The target plant concept originated with morphological classification of conifer nursery stock in the 1930s, and the concept was enhanced through physiological research and seedling testing towards the end of the century.

Farming for restoration: Building bridges for native seeds

Publications Posted on: October 04, 2011
In both Europe and the United States, a shortage of native plant material frequently precludes successful restoration. Native plant materials are needed to restore ecosystem functioning and services, provide for in situ conservation of biodiversity (e.g., Hobbs and Cramer 2008), maintain genetic diversity (Bischoff et al. 2010), and afford resistance to invasive species.